Interconnect deal with TelstraClear in wings

Telecom is in the early stages of negotiating an interconnection agreement with the newly merged TelstraClear, says chief executive Theresa Gattung.

Telecom is in the early stages of negotiating an interconnection agreement with the newly merged TelstraClear, says chief executive Theresa Gattung.

Its agreement with Telstra comes up for renewal soon and the Clear agreement expired in September.

Telecom notes that an increasing amount of its revenue comes from the internet, and the previous Clear agreement removed the anomaly which charged interconnection fees to Telecom and made the operation of free ISPs possible.

Gattung notes other trends, such as a growth in the number of customers buying more than one service from Telecom in a “package”, including packages with Sky TV incorporated. Strong growth is shown in IP traffic and DSL connections. Up to 1500 subscribers a month are taking up JetStream or JetStart services, Gattung claims.

Rumours in the Australian press of trouble in its contract to provide telecommunications services to the Commercial Bank of Australia are untrue, Gattung says, though she acknowledges slower-than-hoped-for progress across the Tasman. “It has taken longer to get business in Australia [through AAPT] than we thought it would,” she says.

With regard to any monies to be recovered from the cancellation of the CDMA mobile phone rollout in Australia, Telecom is “still negotiating” with US- and Australian-based partner in the project Hutchison, says financial chief Marco Bogoievski.

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